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Chapter 15 of Chapman Kelley’s memoirs

Chapt. 15 of Chapman Kelley’s memoirs is now available; Kelley as panelist June 10, 2013 Copyright Society of the USA, NY; and K. Cummings v. City of Chicago.

Chapter 15 of Dallas wildflower artist Chapman Kelley’s memoirs is now available on his website, here.

     As some of you know, Kelley is scheduled to be a panelist in Lake George, NY on June 10, 2013 at the annual meeting of the Copyright Society of the USA.


     The Kelley session will be immediately preceded by Maria A. Pallante, Register of Copyrights, U.S. Copyright Office. Her lecture is called, The View from the Copyright Office.

     The moderator will be Hillel Parness, Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P.,

     and the panelists will be:

  • June Besek, Kernochan Center for Law, Media and the Arts, and Lecturer at Law, Columbia Law School
  • Chapman Kelley, Artist and Plaintiff in the Kelley case
  • Robert J. Kasunic, U.S. Copyright Office
  • Martin Schaefer, Boehmert & Boehmert


      This month Kelley and the Chicago Wildflower Works 1984 – 2004were referenced in litigation initiated by Chicago native plant aficionada Kathy Cummings. Her complaint was filed several weeks ago after she was ticketed last year for allegedly violating the vaguely worded Chicago Weed Ordinance.  Cummings complaint states that her rights were violated under the First, Fifth and Fourteenth amendments of the U.S. Constitution.

     On May 19, 2013, Chicago Tribune reporter Mary Schmich wrote an article entitled, “Weed law in Chicago sends native plant gardeners to court,” about Cummings use of native Illinois plants to landscape her home.

     Cummings is one of a growing number of people across the US who prefer to use local native plants for their lawns instead of water guzzling turf grass.

     In 1976 Kelley realized the tremendous savings in water the global population could reap if only native plants would be used.  The Wildflower Works concept is Kelley’s solution to the world’s potable water problem.

     The next several memoir chapters will explore the middle and end of Kelley’s noncommissioned artwork, the Chicago Wildflower Works 1984 – 2004.   A work-in-progress, Kelley’s memoirs are available on his website.  Subsequent chapters will be published in the near future.

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